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<3 of the week: Finding routine while travelling, the aid slap and why careers aren’t fulfilling

3 May

Routine

  • Last week I met a man who made 64 business trips in 1 year. He told me he didn’t like sightseeing anymore. When he had a day off he just wanted to stay home. I am in Nepal today on my day off and rather than see the town I am in, all I want to do is stay in my room and not talk to anyone. So of course this blog from Penelope Trunk on Business Travel struck home. “If you travel once a year, sightseeing is exciting. If you travel enough to wonder if your home is really your home, then you need to keep a semblance of routine so you feel like you do have some sort of life outside of work.” I am grateful to my running shoes and to chocolate and coca cola for making it to all corners of the world :)
  • From some poignant writing from a man working on a water filter project in Haiti. He describes the “aid bi**hslap”, the moment when you “cross from idealism to realism”: “I came to Haiti very much guilty of believing good intentions were enough, and I certainly had the rose-colored glasses. I knew a bit about the idea of the white savior industrial complex, but didn’t know enough to realize I was playing right into it. I believed people inherently do want to improve their lot, and will work hard to see that happen. I also believed myself to be a fairly altruistic person. I’m not so sure about that any more. And while I never came here thinking I could “save Haiti” (an incredibly egotistical idea to begin with), I also didn’t realize the importance of allowing yourself to truly appreciate the small things before the big things break you down.” via Shotgun Shack.
  • And finally a shout out to my brilliant friend/new dad Richard who has a blog called “The Pointy End: A discussion on sustainable design in Africa’s cities”. This week he writes an answer to the question - “Why are so few people fulfilled by what they do for a living?”. My answer would be that most people tend to overestimate how difficult it would be to change, and the benefits they would receive from doing so, and therefore don’t.

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Image: Some rights reserved by bayat

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